Pros: 100 count, inexpensive, strong, good for straining too.
Cons: Only sold at Target, located in different areas in different stores.
Sometimes I think I am the only person that has a regular coffee maker. I don't care for the newer ones or the Keurig single brew machines. I don't ask for much from my coffee filters; just that the sides don't collapse when the coffee is brewing and that they don't rip when I dumping out the basket. If you have a standard coffee maker and use paper filters you might want to check out the Market Pantry pack. It's the in-house brand of Target and so far they have worked just as well as the others that I have tried. They are a little cheaper but I wouldn't make a special trip there to get them. They are bone white and have no lint to them.
In addition to using these for coffee I also use them to filter oil when I have fried things and to let taco meat drain. I used to use a plastic strainer but was sick of having to dig out little pieces of meat. Press one of these into the base of the strainer to make clean up time a little quicker. You will still have to scrub it but you won't be wasting time trying to get small pieces of meat out of the slats. When I strain oil I use this inside a medium sized funnel. It takes a little longer to do it this way but you can remove breadcrumbs and batter that came off the food items when frying. It isn't going to 'clean' the oil but it will remove things that could give it a burnt taste the next time you use it.
These will fit inside any standard coffee maker basket. I have a small four cup pot that barely gets used and these are too large for it but you can easily trim the top if you only need a couple of smaller ones. They are easy to separate from the stack which is broken in to three or four bunches. The 100 count pack sells for about $1.49 which isn't bad; there are some no brand ones at places like Save-A-Lot that are about the same price so when I am at Target I grab one of these to make sure I never run out. It's a coffee filter, it isn't going to change your life but they are sturdy and I have yet to have one rip when I was removing it from the basket.
There's nothing special about these; they aren't going to change or improve the taste of your coffee. They do provide an nice flow-through so you won't have to worry about them slowing down the brew process. I tried some of the expensive ones a couple years ago and they were actually too thick and always caused a little bit of an overflow. I thought that it was the coffee maker giving off a death rattle but when I tried another coffee filter it flowed and brewed as usual. There are a lot of other uses for these and because the price you can grab a couple packs and use them in the garage [easier to keep loose nuts, bolt and nails in if you are working alone or cleaning them], bathroom [they are amazing on mirrors] and kitchen [nice for putting seeds on to dry them out and plant]. Most of the Target stores I have seen these in have had them in the beverage aisle near the coffee but I have seen them in with paper products [like paper towels] and in the summer / seasonal section with plastic flatware and plastic tumblers.
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